UFC 2 division champion Conor McGregor is expected to make his return to the Octagon to face Nate Diaz for a long awaited trilogy match this winter. According to an Irish report, it’s happening this December but Conor’s coach John Kavanagh wants everyone to pump the breaks. Conor might have another matchup on the table if the Nate Diaz fight falls through. John Kavanagh spoke with Mike Sheridan at the launch of the Original Penguin AW17 collection. Check it out.
“Conor wanted that (Paulie Malignaggi Fight), He said to me, ‘Let’s get him in the Octagon’, and I said that there was no way that he would fight in MMA. You’ve got to be able to prove yourself in the arena. When Conor wanted a boxing license they could look at the Diaz 2 fight where there was more or less 25 minutes of boxing. Why would Paulie go to MMA? He’d never go to MMA.”
“Now, Conor could tweet now and say ‘I’m fighting Paulie Malignaggi’, and I guess I would be wrong then. Kavanagh explained how the camp had taken to exception to Malignaggi fielding interviews after his first sparring session with McGregor. It wasn’t just general stuff explaining how he was part of the camp. He had to go back to New York to do some promotion for the Andre Ward fight, and straightaway he was disrespecting (McGregor’s) power.”
“He was saying this and that, and I was thinking, ‘What are you doing, you have to come back here and spar Conor in seven days? This guy is a former world champion, he should know that you should keep your mouth shut until the fight is over – then write a book, then do fifty interviews.”
“That would have been no problem, we would have no issue with that. But you can’t go the next day and the day after that and the day after that, and start giving away ideas we have. That’s what threw me off, he wasn’t acting like a professional.”